To promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people in the state of Tennessee, through proactive education and representation.

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Our Mission

To improve the methods and standards of the animal control profession on a statewide basis, to inform the public of the true nature and importance of the work performed by animal control organizations, to cooperate with other public agencies dealing in animal control, and to promote justice and equity in the enforcement of animal control laws.

 

 

Who or what is ACCAT?

The Animal Care & Control Association of Tennessee (ACCAT) was originally organized in 1989. The purpose of this association is to improve the methods and standards of the animal control profession on a statewide basis, to inform the public of the true nature and importance of the work performed by animal welfare organizations, to cooperate with other public agencies dealing in animal welfare, and to promote justice and equity in the enforcement of animal laws.

ACCAT is composed of individual, organizational, and corporate members. Membership fees, voting privileged and other requirements of membership are delineated in the Constitution and By-Laws of ACCAT. Power to conduct the business of ACCAT is vested in the Board of Directors.


ACCAT is open to any adult or organization actively working in or affiliated with animal control or animal welfare, without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.


The purpose of ACCAT is not to tell its members how to operate their local agencies or associations. Rather, to work with all agencies and associations for the betterment of the animal welfare profession.

ACCAT Board Members

President

Laura Chavarria

Executive Director

Nashville Humane Association

laura@nashvillehumane.org

Vice President

Kevin Clinard
Executive Director Robertson County Animal Control 
KClinard@robcotn.org

Treasurer

Michael Gregory, CAWA

Director
Rutherford County PAWS

michaelgregory@rutherfordcountytn.gov

Secretary

David Kaske

Director

Montgomery County Animal Care & Control
 
djkaske@mcgtn.net


Western Region Directors


Angela Klein

Division Manager

Bartlett Animal Shelter

aklein@cityofbartlett.org


Jennifer Pennick

President

HARTT Rescue

hardinartt@gmail.com


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Eastern Region Directors

   

T’ Fisher

Director of Operations for AlignCare 

Program for Pet Health Equity 

helpingcritters@gmail.com


Jaime Norris

Program Coordinator

CAIT

 jnorri14@utk.edu


James Naelitz

Animal Control Officer

Blount County Animal Center

jknaelitz@blounttn.org


accatinfo@gmail.com

P.O. Box 20124 

Knoxville, TN 37940

www.accat.org

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